Kessels is the incredible story of a bizarre road trip that Frans, a literary pulp writer, has with one of his favorite characters: J. Kessels. They drive Kessels’ old Plymouth Gold Duster from Tilburg to Hamburg, looking for a fraudulent sausages trader. Meanwhile, Frans increasingly dreams about Brigit, the girl from the snack bar when he was younger and on top of that there’s this corpse in the trunk all of a sudden.

Kessels is an adaptation of “J. Kessels: The Novel” of P.F. Thomése.

Director – Erik De Bruyn
Screenplay – Jan Eilander
Producer – Sander Verdonk & Denis Wigman (CTM Pictures)
Co-producers – Eurydice Gysel & Koen Mortier (Czar Film & Tv)
Cinematography – Danny Elsen
Editor – J. P. Luijsterburg
Production Design – Ben Zuydwijk
Cast – Frank Lammers, Fedja van Huêt & Ruben van der Meer

NFF (Netherlands Film Fund), VAF (Flanders Audiovisual Fund), Screen Flanders Fund
Supported by CoBo & Avro

Sales & Distribution
Distributed by September Film

Bio director
Erik de Bruyn is a Dutch film director and actor. Erik de Bruyn’s first feature Wild Mussels was the opening film at the Dutch Film Festival 2000. Nominated for Best Script and Best Actor, it received the Dutch Film Critics Award of Best Film, the Russian Film Critic Award and the Youth Award for Best Film.  He is also known for Nadine and The President. He also directed several short films such as, The Witness, which was nominated Best Short Golden Calf 2006 and winner of the Best Short Film Award of the Italian Republic, IFF Montecatini.

Festival selections & Awards 

  • World premiere at Nederlands Film Festival, 2015
  • Winner Honorable Mention Soundtrack at Fantaspoa International Fantastic Film Festival, 2016
  • Winner Golden Fleece Foreign at Golden Trailer Awards, 2016
  • Winner Best Drama Feature at International Motor Film Awards, 2018
  • Winner Best Actor at Maverick Movie Awards, 2017
  • Winner Best Production Design at Nederlands Film Festival, 2016
  • Nominated Best Actor, Best Cinematography & Best Sound Design at Nederlands Film Festival, 2016
  • Nominated for Best Feature at Oxford International Film Festival, 2016
  • Nominated for Excellence in Title Design at SXSW Film Festival, 2016

Online Links
CTM Pictures

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